Plans are well underway to turn Boston into the world’s center of philately for eight days in 2026, as the twelfth international philatelic exhibition of the United States gathers at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). To be held during Memorial Day week (May 23–30, 2026) in the Seaport section of the city, Boston 2026 World Expo will be a significant part of the country’s 250th anniversary festivities.

In a 352,000 square foot contiguous exhibition area, Boston 2026 will be hosting a large dealer bourse, as well as a sizable postal administration bourse, and society presence. There will be a competitive exhibition of approximately 3,500 frames, plus other special/court of honor exhibits, as well as a large literature competition.

We plan on hosting hundreds of meetings and will provide 40 meeting rooms of various sizes for this purpose. A large opening ceremony and closing awards dinner will be staged using the BCEC’s banquet room facilities. Travelers from out of town will appreciate that both Boston’s Logan Airport and Amtrak’s South Station are less than 15 minutes away from the BCEC, and that all show hotels will be within walking distance.

Boston 2026 World Stamp Show is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue to visit this site for current news of Boston 2026.

Polar Salon at Boston 2026

Boston 2026 will have a separate Polar Salon pavilion on the show floor during the international exhibition highlighting approximately 200 frames of polar exhibits, displays and societies. The Polar Salon will also include a Court of Honor featuring extraordinary historical polar artifacts and archival non-competitive polar philatelic material. A related conference is also planned. This will be the first Polar Salon held in North America.

Boston 2026 organizers are pleased to announce that the Polar Salon will be supported in part by a generous $25,000 donation from Jiří Kraus (photo above), a prominent polar philatelist from Liberec, Czech Republic.

First Boston 2026 Postal Issue

The first stamps commemorating Boston 2026 were issued by Honduras on October 12, 2023. The two values also commemorate philately and the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (UPAEP). Note that the actual commemoration of Boston 2026 is in the selvedge of the sheet.

Boston 2026 Partners with Revolution 250

Boston 2026 World Expo is now a partner of Revolution 250

Revolution 250 is a 501c3 corporation and the leader of a consortium of organizations and individuals that are exploring the history of the American Revolution in Massachusetts and the ways that this story still resonates in society today. These events will culminate in 2026, 250 years since the American colonies declared independence from the British Empire.   

Sundman Donation to Boston 2026

Donald J. Sundman, president of Mystic Stamp Company, has made a personal donation of $25,000 to Boston 2026 with an additional donation of $25,000 being made on behalf of the firm.

In 2004 Don was elected Chairman of the Council of Philatelists of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. He was also appointed a Trustee of the Philatelic Foundation in 2006.  The APS honored him in 2010 with the Luff Award for Outstanding Service having sponsored over 8,000 APS members, a society record.  His philanthropic endeavors continue to be numerous and noteworthy.

Show Label #3 Now Available

Boston 2026’s third collectible label had its first day ceremony at the Great American Stamp Show on Friday, August 11. Commemorating the Semiquincentennial of the Boston Tea Party, the label shows Sam Adams, a major leader of the event, along with the 1973 Boston Tea Party commemorative.

This third-in-a-series patriotic-themed promotional label was created by award-winning stamp designer Chris Calle, whose artwork was used on the first label and will continue yearly up until show time. Each sheetlet contains nine water-activated labels of the same design and were printed by The Portland Stamp Company.

To facilitate collector demand, one unsigned sheet may be ordered per person, free of charge, plus postage and handling. Postage and handling charges are $5 to USA addresses and $10 to international addresses (including Canada). Single signed sheets can be ordered for a $10 donation, plus the aforementioned P&H.

Mail orders can be sent to:

Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, Inc.
PO Box 904 
Sudbury, MA 01776

Make USD checks payable to Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, Inc.

Boston 2026 at Other Shows

Representatives from Boston 2026 will be at the following shows:

Philatelic Show 2024: April 12-14, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Todd Gantzer (IT Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), David Ball (Security Chair), John Everett (Frame Logistics), Lawrence Norris (Frame Fabrication), Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Plymouth Show 2024: April 20-21, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Napex 2024: June 7-9, 2024

Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Colopex 2024: June 15-16, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Minnesota Stamp Expo 2024: July 19-21, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Mare Balticum 2024 (Tartu, Estonia): July 26-28, 2024

Dzintars Grinfelds (Deputy Commissioner General)

Great American Stamp Show (Hartford, CT): August 15-18, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Yamil Kouri (President), Michael Lawson (CFO), Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), David Ball (Security Chair), Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Balpex 2024: September 1-3, 2024

Mark Schwartz (Society Chair)

Milcopex 2024: September 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Indypex 2024: September 20-22, 2024

Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair)

Hafnia 24 (Cophenhagen): October 17-20, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), Carol Bommarito (Art Director)

WALPEX (Boxborough, MA): October 26-27, 2024

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Todd Gantzer (IT Director), Michael Lawson (CFO), David Ball (Security Chair), John Everett (Frame Logistics), Lawrence Norris (Frame Fabrication)

CHICAGOPEX (Itasca, IL): November 22-24, 2024

Yamil Kouri (President), Mark Reasoner (Bourse Chair), Mark Butterline (Executive Director)

MONACOPHIL (Monte Carlo): December 5-8, 2024

Yamil Kouri (President), Suzanne Kouri (Development Chair), Carol Bommarito (Art Director)

EuroPhilEx Birmingham 2025 (Birmingham, England): May 7-11, 2025

Mark Butterline (Executive Director), Yamil Kouri (President), Michael Lawson (CFO)

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